DOTD to hold public meeting

Staff reports

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will hold an open house meeting to discuss the upcoming LA 73 widening project from Airline Hwy  to I-10 in Ascension Parish.

The meeting will be held on October 27, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Church at 15208 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, La. 70769.

This open-house style meeting will allow the public to learn more about the project and to sign-up to receive periodic e-mail updates. Representatives from DOTD will be in attendance to provide information on the project and answer questions. Additionally, attendees will receive information about GeauxWider, LA 42 and other projects in the area.

This project will reconstruct and widen 2.3 miles of La. 73 from two to three lanes, from Airline Hwy. (U.S. 61) to I-10. The project will add a center turn lane and widen the current width of the driving lanes from 11.5 feet to 12 feet as well as add a 6-foot shoulder on each side. The project will begin late October 2011, and finish Summer 2013.

DOTD has also created a Project Webpage and a Project Facebook page to help keep people up-to-date on the project.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511)